Free Dictionary

Free Dictionary

Home ×
Link Link Link Link

Search Result for "strive": 
Wordnet 3.0

VERB (2)

1. attempt by employing effort;
- Example: "we endeavor to make our customers happy"
[syn: endeavor, endeavour, strive]

2. to exert much effort or energy;
- Example: "straining our ears to hear"
[syn: strive, reach, strain]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Strive \Strive\, n. 1. An effort; a striving. [R.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. Strife; contention. [Obs.] --Wyclif (luke xxi. 9). [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Strive \Strive\, v. i. [imp. Strove; p. p. Striven(Rarely, Strove); p. pr. & vb. n. Striving.] [OF. estriver; of Teutonic origin, and akin to G. streben, D. streven, Dan. straebe, Sw. str[aum]fva. Cf. Strife.] 1. To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard. [1913 Webster] Was for this his ambition strove To equal Caesar first, and after, Jove? --Cowley. [1913 Webster] 2. To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest; -- followed by against or with before the person or thing opposed; as, strive against temptation; strive for the truth. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] My Spirit shall not always strive with man. --Gen. vi. 3. [1913 Webster] Why dost thou strive against him? --Job xxxiii. 13. [1913 Webster] Now private pity strove with public hate, Reason with rage, and eloquence with fate. --Denham. [1913 Webster] 3. To vie; to compete; to be a rival. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] [Not] that sweet grove Of Daphne, by Orontes and the inspired Castalian spring, might with this paradise Of Eden strive. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: To contend; vie; struggle; endeavor; aim. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

strive v 1: attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy" [syn: endeavor, endeavour, strive] 2: to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear" [syn: strive, reach, strain]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

83 Moby Thesaurus words for "strive": agonize, aim, aim to, assay, attempt, attempt to, battle, be determined, box, brawl, broil, buffet, clash, close, collide, combat, come to blows, compete, contend, contest, cut and thrust, dare to, drive, duel, endeavor, essay, exchange blows, fence, feud, fight, fight a duel, give and take, give satisfaction, go all out, grapple, grapple with, grunt and sweat, hassle, huff and puff, jostle, joust, labor, make every effort, mix it up, moil, offer, pretend to, quarrel, rassle, resolve, riot, run a tilt, scramble, scuffle, seek, seek to, skirmish, spar, strain, strive to, struggle, study, study to, sweat, sweat blood, thrust and parry, tilt, toil, tourney, travail, try, try and, try hard, try to, tug, tussle, undertake, venture to, wage war, war, work, work at, wrestle